Each year as the Queen celebrates her birthday, a list of those who will be awarded honours are announced.
Even though Queen Elizabeth was born in April, the monarch always celebrates their birthday in June due to the better weather for Trooping the Colour, along with that came a list of those who will join the Order of the British Empire.
This year, British-Sri Lankan rapper, M.I.A, will become an MBE. Taking to Instagram the “Paper Planes” singer recalled how when her mom took asylum in England, she took a job “sewing 1000s of medals for the Queen.”
“It’s a very unique situation for me where I get to honour her most classiest minimum wage job ever,” she added.
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I'm honoured to have this honour, as it means alot to my Mother. I want to honour what my mum spent many hours of her life doing! She is one of the 2 women in England who hand stitched these medals for the last 30 years. After receiving asylum my mum and cousin took this job in 1986, because it was the only non English speaking manual labour she could find. She spent her life in England hand sewing 1000s of medals for the Queen. No matter how I feel or what I think , my Mother was extremely proud of the job she had. It's a very unique situation for me where I get to honour her most classiest minimum wage job ever. #TAMIL #UKTAMIL #REFUGEE survival story. #LIFECYCLES. #whomademymedal
The twice a year honours list also included “The Crown” actress Olivia Colman who has been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE.
And for “services to music” Elvis Costello is being awarded an OBE.
“In Her Majesty’s Secret Service I am happy to accept this very surprising honour. I have to admit that my first reaction, upon receiving an ‘O.H.M.S.’ letter was, ‘Oh no, they’ve finally tumbled me’, the “Baby Plays Around” singer said.
He added, “For those of you who enjoy irony, I was standing in my dressing room, at the ‘Queen Elizabeth Theatre’ at the time. That’s Vancouver, British Columbia, you know. The pink has stained the map all over the world.”